Will Mitch Marner take Bergeron's place during next year's NHL Awards?

Published August 5, 2023 at 2:31 PM
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Passing the Torch

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Patrice Bergeron has won the Selke award 6 times in his career, including the previous 2 seasons. The widely respected Bruins captain has now officially announced his retirement, meaning it's time for him to pass the torch and allow for someone to succeed him as the top two-way player in the NHL. That is where Mitch Marner could slot in.

The Next Selke Winger




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Mitch Marner definitely isn't known for his physical game and wouldn't be considered a physical threat on the ice. That hasn't stopped him from becoming an effective two way player though. He has showcased his abilities on both ends through these last few seasons. A year ago, he actually managed to finish third in Selke voting.

It's possible now that without Bergeron in the way, Marner may be one of the top candidates to fill that role. TheHockeyNews has put together a list of 5 players who could carry that torch and Mitch has made his way onto that list.


Does it Make Sense?



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It's clear that Mitch Marner has definitive offensive ability, hitting a career high of 99 points a season ago. He's finished with 90+ points 3 times in his young career. Aside from all that though, he has also showed elite capability in the defensive end and especially on the penalty kill. Over the last few years, Marner leads the NHL in takeaways on the penalty kill at 45, while also being second in short-handed points. He's undoubtably a candidate for the Selke trophy, it will be interesting to see who else emerges.

As Read On The Hockey News - "Who are the NHL's Elite Two-Way Forwards After Bergeron"
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Will Mitch Marner take Bergeron's place during next year's NHL Awards?

Will Mitch Marner win the Selke Trophy next season?

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